And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.”

Luke 2:10

 

 

Dear Maurizio,

Another year has passed and we are again at its end looking back what good this year has brought as well as looking forward to spend some time with our family and friends to celebrate undoubtedly one of the most joyful holidays of the year.

In the Christian world we celebrate the good news of the birth of Christ child into the world. This good news symbolises truth, love, and hope that brought salvation to all humanity. Without the birth of Jesus Christ, there would be no hope of Heaven for humanity. It was simply a God’s incredible act of love therefore we should be grateful for it. But often we see that people ignore the true meaning of Christmas and instead of sharing exceeding joy and love are even more in tension resulting in conflicts and misunderstanding. Let us be the good examples in the society in leading the change.

We would like to take the opportunity to reflect on what was happening in EYCE throughout the past year. First of all, it was quite exciting year since the General Meeting was held in Helsinki in October and the new Executive Committee of EYCE was elected. There were many successful events such as training courses and capacity building events where young people from all around the Europe came together to discuss important issues. At last, but not the least, it has been a second year of our current campaign “Break The Chains – A campaign to overcome poverty!” where we discovered many Faces of Poverty (the current campaign theme) and we tried to identify as many of them as possible.

In conclusion, do not forget to fill your heart with love, joy and happiness when spending your time with family and friends and spread the good news all around. We hope that you will have a wonderful Christmas.

EYCE thanks you for your support and fellowship through the year. We are excited to see what next year will bring, and look forward to meeting and working with you all!

Many blessings at this wonderful time of year,
Angie, Chris, Javi, Lisa, Manon, Niall, Satu, Sini and Vendy
EYCE Executive Committee and Office

 

 

Campaign Coordination Team met in Brussels

Just before Holy Christmas-December 11-13th, almost whole “Break the chains!” EYCE‘s Campaign’s Coordination Team gathered to evaluate the year 2015 and plan the coming. The work of CCT started on early Saturday morning with funny energizers so we could start the work full of new energy. During the second session evaluation of the CCT and year 2015 took place. It …

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Religions for Peace Global Religious Youth Leaders’ Summit, Paris 26-29 November 2015

The EYCE ExCo were delighted to have a representative attend the Religions for Peace (RfP) Global Religious Youth Leaders’ Summit in Paris prior to COP21 this weekend. All relating to the EYCE’s work and the aims of the EYCE’s projected campaign for 2016-2019 as discussed at our GM last month, the three main topics of discussion were (1.) Violent Religious …

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40th General Meeting in Kirkkonummi – “EYCE always goes on”

On the afternoon of Sunday the 25th of this month, the 40th General Meeting was officially closed by the newly-elected Chairperson Lisa Schneider. Sixteen years after the 30th GM was held in Villa Hvittorp, Finland, the EYCE returned to the venue of Kirkkonummi, Finland. Seventeen Delegates from twelve Member Organisations were present and worked hard on developing the vision, programme framework and budget …

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